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Young, James

Scottish paraffin pioneer James Young was born in Glasgow in 1811. He went on to study chemistry at night school, later attending Anderson College (which is now Strathclyde University).

During his studies at Anderson College, James Young experimented with coal and shale, developing paraffin extraction, perfecting it during the 1850s.

James Young set himself up in Bathgate, West Lothian as the world's first producer of commercial oil. The Scot gained a reputation for his work, becoming known as "Paraffin Young".

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